A “Friday of Unity” march after the recent violence between Christians and Copts in Cairo was called, with the aim of bringing thousands of people to Tahrir Square in response to sectarianism and divisions, says the on line edition of ‘Al-Ahram’, reports MISNA, adding that there is also a threat of a ‘counter-revolution’ which some analysts feel might be behind the past week’s events.
In Cairo, news networks showed images of Christians and Muslims praying together to say “no” to violence, MISNA reports, noting that the march was the day after the meeting of the leaders of the Egyptian armed forces and the representatives of the Coptic community in response to tension after the clashes that have killed 13 people.
The recent violence was provoked after a church in Helwan, south of Cairo, was set on fire prompted by the marriage of a Muslim girl and a Christian man, according to MISNA.
“The current political vacuum fuels the threat of a counter-revolution. There are many power circles from the Mubarak era that are trying to take advantage in this very political moment,” said Amr Hamzawy, director of the Carnegie Centre for the Middle East in Beirut, cited MISNA.
Secretary General of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, while announcing his candidature for the presidency of Egypt, on Facebook, has warned about “attempts by those who act in a corrupt manner and conspire to fuel the chaos and the divisions among the people in such a way to stop the march toward democracy and freedoms”.